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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Mark Adams Letter 8/30/04

"A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link." -- a quote my father repeated to me many times in my childhood and still repeats today.With studies being offered that the Economy is Roaring, I also see it's weakest link becoming weaker. As a Democracy I would like to see the rich get richer and the poor get richer as well.The latest U.S. Census Bureau report of 8-26-04 confirms that our weakest links are getting weaker. The Census Bureau report states that real median income has remained unchanged between 2002 and 2003. At the same time the nation's poverty rate rose from 12.1 percent in 2002 to 12.5 percent in 2003. The number of people without health insurance rose by 1.4 million to 45.0 million total.Is this the best we can do for our country?Mark Adams, Neosho,MO


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